David Crockett is known to be an American hero born on the 17th of August of 1786. The buck-skinned and fearless Crockett may be more myth than reality by this point, as many people may not remember him for what he really was, a soldier, frontiersman and politician. Since his death, his tales have been manipulated and whispered to the point of absurdity. Let’s check out actual facts about David Crockett.
Crockett Allegedly Killed Approximately 105 Bears In Only One Year
In his autobiography, Crockett alleges that he killed at least 105 bears in a 7 month period lasting from 1825 to 1826. He was, apparently an excellent marksman and has trained dogs who would help him capture and kill these bears. He did so in order to use bear meat to sustain himself and his family and also sell the pelts and flesh which were extremely profitable during that time. The oils from bear fat were also sold for a profit.
He Was A Runaway
When David Crockett was 13 years old he got bullied just 4 days into his school life by an older and bigger boy. However, he was not one to ever back out of a fight so he decided to wait in a bush at the side of the road to wait for the boy. When evening time came along, the boy walked down the road with his gang at which time Crockett emerged from the bush and started beating him up. He was scared that the school headmaster would spank him for this act, so he started playing hooky.
John, Crockett’s father, was furious after receiving a letter that his son’s attendance was not up to par. He chased his son with a stick which made Davy run away. The next couple of years, teenage Davy Crockett traveled from Tennessee, where he was from, to Maryland to perform odd jobs. Upon returning, his parents did not recognize him. David helped his family pay off their debts and a year or so later when the debts were paid off, he left home for good.
He Spoke Out Against The Indian Removal Policy Proposed by Andrew Jackson
One of the most admirable acts he has ever performed was speaking out against the Indian Removal Policy that was proposed by Andrew Jackson. This made him lose politically, but he did not care. He called out this Act from 1830 by saying, “I believed it was a wicked, unjust measure and that I should go against it, let the cost against me be what it might.”
He ended up losing to Jackson’s supporter William Fitzgerald. He did end up in Congress once more in 1833 by being an anti-Jacksonian. After completing his time he said farewell in a rather memorable way, “You may all go to hell, and I will go to Texas.”
These are not even a quarter of the amazing things (and possibly true) things that happened in Davy Crockett’s life. There is no doubt though that this intriguing man did many remarkable things during an interesting period of history.